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Letter to Diognetus

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Letter to Diognetus


Published November 3, 2008


The earliest known piece of Christian apologetics, famous for its beautiful description of the relationship of Christians with the world.

"Mathetes" is probably a pseudonym; it just means 'disciple'. The writer is a bit odd, as he uses arguments from the Old Testament against Greek idolatry, and then criticizes Jewish customs as if he discounted the Old Testament's inspiration. He also exhibits a touch of Greek or Manichaean distrust of the material body. But his enthusiasm for Jesus and the Church is very clear.


Source Ante-Nicene Fathers
Run time 34 min. 48 sec.

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